Patriots announce nine UDFA signings

Patriots announce nine UDFA signings
May 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
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For the past two days, NFL teams have been smiling and dialing. Those players whose names went uncalled during the draft are still sought after as undrafted free agents. The list of successful UDFAs is long. Wes Welker, James Harrison, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Jeff Saturday, Rod Smith, Arian Foster, Brian Waters, Antonio Gates and Kurt Warner all were undrafted.
 
A number of different outlets in addition to ours have reported and confirmed undrafted signings. The staff of NEPatriotsDraft.com has been a leading information source. 
 
The Patriots often are the last team in the league to officially announce their signings.
 
Here’s a thumbnail of the players they announced on Monday:
 
Tyler Beck, TE, Bowling Green
6-2, 259 pounds.
Had 10 catches for 177 yards in his senior year for Bowling Green. Will face an uphill battle.
 
Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma
5-7, 177 pounds
Had a 5.4 yard career rushing average for the Sooners. Has kick return ability and can be a weapon out of the backfield as a receiver. Fast
Shamiel Gary, S, Oklahoma State
6-0, 210
Freshman All-American at Wyoming. Transferred to OSU to be closer to his ailing grandmother. Made 47 tackles and defended nine passes as a senior.
 
Cameron Gordon, OLB, Michigan
6-3, 237 pounds
Primarily a special-teamer at Michigan. He was also a wideout and safety before settling in at linebacker. Only started 10 games. Had 38 tackles and 4 sacks as a senior.
 
Travis Hawkins, CB, Delaware
5-10, 192 pounds
Performed well in predraft workouts with a 34-inch vertical, and a 6.8 three-cone drill. Began his college career at Maryland.
 
Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana
5-10, 225 pounds
Stockily built player who is going to get a chance to make a niche for himself in the Patriots rotation given his size and ability as a runner in the Big Ten and as a receiver (37 catches as a junior). Ran for 2,304 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons at Indiana.
 
Justin Jones, TE, East Carolina
6-8, 277 pounds
Ridiculous size but a little robotic on the field and not a great blocker. If the light goes on somehow, what a find. If not, he’ll be a big help to the offseason basketball team.
 
 
Deontae Skinner, LB, Mississippi State
Three-year starter at 6-2, 250 pounds, very stockily built. Might be an interesting run-stopper with Brandon Spikes gone.
 
Asa Watson, TE, North Carolina State
A 6-3, 237-pound move tight end who had heart issues that knocked him out of football in the 2011 season. 

 

For the past two days, NFL teams have been smiling and dialing. Those players whose names went uncalled during the draft are still sought after as undrafted free agents. The list of successful UDFAs is long. Wes Welker, James Harrison, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo, Jeff Saturday, Rod Smith, Arian Foster, Brian Waters, Antonio Gates and Kurt Warner all were undrafted.

 

 

 

A number of different outlets in addition to ours have reported and confirmed undrafted signings. The staff of NEPatriotsDraft.com has been a leading information source. http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2014/05/2014-new-england-patriots-udfa-signings-and-analysis.html

 

 The Patriots often are the last team in the league to officially announce their signings.

 

 

 

Here’s a thumbnail of the players reportedly signed.

 

 

 

Tyler Beck, TE, Bowling Green

 

6-2, 259 pounds.

 

Had 10 catches for 177 yards in his senior year for Bowling Green. Will face an uphill battle.

 

Jeremy Deering, S, Rutgers

 

6-1, 209 pounds

 

Played RB, WR, S and ran the ball as a Wildcat quarterback at Rutgers. He flies. Ran a
4.33 40 and a 6.78 three-cone.

 

Seali’I Epensesa, DT, UCLA

 

6-1, 310 pounds

 

Interior defensive lineman that started 17 games for the Bruins over the past two seasons.

 

Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma

 

5-7, 177 pounds

 

Had a 5.4 yard career rushing average for the Sooners. Has kick return ability and can be a weapon out of the backfield as a receiver. Fast. http://newsok.com/ou-pro-day-roy-finch-starts-to-show-nfl-scouts-that-he-can-be-a-big-time-ball-player/article/3942543

 

Cameron Gordon, OLB, Michigan

 

6-3, 237 pounds

 

Primarily a special-teamer at Michigan. He was also a wideout and safety before settling in at linebacker. Only started 10 games. Had 38 tackles and 4 sacks as a senior

 

Travis Hawkins, CB, Delaware

 

5-10, 192 pounds

 

Performed well in predraft workouts with a 34-inch vertical, and a 6.8 three-cone drill. Began his college career at Maryland.

 

Tevin Hood, DT, Arizona

 

5-11, 314 pounds.

 

That’s right. Tevin will be almost as wide as he is tall. Was a walk-on at Arizona. Began career at Duke and also played for San Diego State.  http://www.arizonawildcats.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30700&ATCLID=207985615

 

Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana

 

5-10, 225 pounds

 

Stockily built player who is going to get a chance to make a niche for himself in the Patriots rotation given his size and ability as a runner in the Big Ten and as a receiver (37 catches as a junior). Ran for 2,304 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons at Indiana.

 

Justin Jones, TE, East Carolina

 

6-8, 277 pounds

 

Ridiculous size but a little robotic on the field and not a great blocker. If the light goes on somehow, what a find. If not, he’ll be a big help to the offseason basketball team.

 

Ja-Mes Logan, WR, Ole Miss

 

A 6-3, 190-pound receiver who caught 44 balls in his final year with the Rebels. http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/stephen_houston_767911.html. Played in East-West Shrine Game.

 

James Morris, LB, Iowa

 

6-1, 241 pounds

 

Very productive middle linebacker from Iowa. A captain and someone who can play special teams or in the regular defense.

 

Tyler Ott, LS, Harvard

 

Throws the ball between his legs while bending over. That’s Danny Aiken’s move right now.

 

Deontae Skinner, LB, Mississippi State

 

Three-year starter at 6-2, 250 pounds, very stockily built. Might be an interesting run-stopper with Brandon Spikes gone.

 

Asa Watson, TE, North Carolina State

 

A 6-3, 237-pound move tight end who had heart issues that knocked him out of football in the 2011 season.